Autochorisexual or aegosexual is a micro-label on the asexual spectrum that describes those who have a disconnect between themself and the subject of arousal. Aegosexuals may have sexual fantasies, watch porn, or masturbate, but tend to feel limited sexual attraction or none at all and typically do not desire to have sex with another person. Common aegosexual experiences include:
- Getting aroused by sexual content but not desiring a sexual relationship in real life.
- Masturbating, but being neutral or repulsed by the idea of having sex with another person.
- Fantasizing about sex, but the aegosexual person is not involved, they are only a disembodied observer.
- Fantasizing about sex, but doing so from a dissociative third-person perspective, and not from the first person.
- Fantasizing about sex, but envisioning other people, such as celebrities or fictional characters.
- Fantasizing about sex but only imagining oneself, and no other people.
- Fantasizing about sex but it involves generic, faceless people, not specific people.
History[edit | edit source]
The term autochorisexual was coined by Dr. Anthony Bogaert, a psychologist who specializes in human sexuality, in 2012. He classified it as a paraphilia since, at the time, asexuality was considered a psychological disorder. This caused controversy with the name, with some not caring about the negative association and others choosing to reclaim the word while others chose to identify with the label "aegosexual". The term "aegosexual" was coined by Tumblr user Sugar-And-Spite, in November of 2014. The term is meant to have the same meaning as "autochorisexual", but formulated with Latin roots, making the word easier to pronounce and discarding of the orientation's original perception as a paraphilia.
Flag[edit | edit source]
The aegosexual flag is nearly identical to the asexual flag, but it possesses a triangle with an inverted order of colors. The triangle represents a "reverse" of asexuality, as aegosexuals are likely to be initially perceived as sexual people. The color associations remains the same with the asexual flag, with an extra meaning added to the grey stripe; along with demisexuals and greyasexuals, it represents the in-between of arousal.
An alternate flag was designed by an unnamed "member of the aegosexual community" on or before August 4, 2020. The color meanings are as follows: Purple represents community, likely coming from the asexual community. Gray represents the entire spectrum of asexuality. Teal represents a disconnection between the self and attraction. Black represents asexuality.
An alternate version was created on August 8, 2020 by xeno-aligned which kept the triangle symbolism but used the colors of the alternate flag.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Dr. Bogaert derived the term from the phase 'autochoris', meaning 'sexuality without identity'.
Aego- is derived from latin words with a- meaning 'without' and ego meaning 'myself', making the whole word translate to 'sexual without myself'.
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